Applications Open for the NYU Tech Venture Accelerator

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Applications are now open for NYU faculty and researchers to participate in the second cohort of the NYU Tech Venture Accelerator (TVA). From September 2024 to March 2025, participating teams will receive $50,000 in grant funding, mentorship, training, and resources to launch scalable startup ventures based on their research.

Startups from the inaugural Tech Venture Accelerator cohort have already gone on to achieve early successes, including:

Your venture could be next!

What TVA is about:

The program will take place at NYU’s Washington Square Campus at the Leslie eLab, where participants will benefit from:

  • Feedback and mentorship from startup founders, venture capital investors and technology and healthcare industry executives
  • Workshops on how to raise venture capital, secure pilots, negotiate successfully, conduct sales calls, and more
  • 1:1 coaching with the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and Entrepreneurial Institute teams

In addition to the $50,000 grant, participating teams will also receive pro-bono legal support from Dentons, accounting support from Rooled, $10,000 in AWS credits, and $2,500 in consulting services to help secure SBIR/STTR funding, and 24/7 access to the Leslie eLab for the duration of the program.

Who TVA is for:

TVA is for NYU full-time/research faculty- or postdoc/PhD candidate-led teams that have already begun the process of exploring the commercial potential of their STEM-based research. It represents the final phase of our three-part Tech Venture Program. TVA prerequisites  include completion of NYU’s Tech Venture Workshop, AND NSF I-Corps (or equivalent).

“Research commercialization is critical at NYU. The scope of our research enterprise and the broad interests of our scholars are key for advancing knowledge through applications that solve the problems of our society,” said Stacie Bloom, Vice Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer at NYU. “With this in mind, we created the Tech Venture Accelerator to provide the financial support, training, and mentorship to help our community take this essential leap.”

TVA is made possible by the generous gift of NYU alumnus and trustee Mark Leslie (Arts ‘66), and his wife Debra.

Next Steps: 

Attend an info session to learn more:

If you’ve already participated in NYU’s Tech Venture Workshop, RSVP here to attend the Tech Venture Accelerator kickoff networking session to meet recent alumni of the TVA program on:

TVA applications are due on Friday, April 19. The application and more information about the program can be found here.